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Is there a culture of denial with hydroponic produce?

October 31, 2014
Rick Donnan

On hydroponics generally, is there a culture of denial by retailers? If so, what is the reason?

My wife and I were in the vegetable section of our local supermarket recently and asked someone who bore the title of Assistant Manager whether the lettuce and tomatoes we were buying were hydroponic. He said he didn’t know but shouted across to one of the shelf stackers whether he knew. “Hydro what?” was the reply.

Surely, retailers must know what they are selling? We even phoned the customer service department of the lettuce grower and no one knew there either!

Is there a deliberate culture of silence on the subject and if so for what reason? Are vegetables grown in soil presumed to be ‘good’ and those grown hydroponically ‘bad’?

The lettuce we bought was we presume hydroponic.The roots were quite long and still attached. What we are curious about is what appear to be a scattering of ‘metallic’ pieces embedded in the roots. This is presumably fertiliser. Do you know what it is? Read More »

Clarity for consumers far from writ large in Country of Origin Labelling report

October 27, 2014

Proposed changes to the Australian Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) system would not necessarily provide consumers with greater clarity about the origin of their food, says Peak Industry Body AUSVEG, which fears many of the recommendations contained in a report released by the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Industry could leave consumers no more enlightened than before. Read More »

World Food Day celebrates family farming

October 16, 2014

Today, on World Food Day during the International Year of Family Farming, we recognise the valuable contribution our farming families make to feeding and clothing both Australia and the world.  Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said this year’s theme—Family Farming: feeding the world, caring for the earth—was the perfect opportunity to thank farmers across Australia. Read More »

Agriculture minister welcomes new horticulture body

October 8, 2014

The Australian Government has welcomed the registration of Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited (HIAL) as a new research, development and marketing body to support Australia’s $9.5 billion horticulture industry. The establishment of the new entity follows a recent independent report into the performance of Horticulture Australia Limited which recommended a change to a new, grower-owned research and development company. Read More »

Farm Chemical Safety

October 1, 2014
Steven Carruthers

The recent tragic death of a North Queensland greenhouse grower highlights the importance of workplace hazard identification and the safe storage and security of chemical fertilisers. Adrian Stanley (49) had washed out two drums and was welding one when it exploded. Police suspect chemical fumes may have sparked the explosion. Read More »

What are the fundamentals of setting up an NFT system?

October 1, 2014
Rick Donnan

What factors are important in setting up an efficient NFT system for different types of plants?
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The Right Media

October 1, 2014
Tomato grower using Perlite pot system.

When it comes to choosing the right hydroponic growing media, there are many factors to consider that are directly related to its physical characteristics.

By Christine Brown-Paul Read More »